Expertise for Communities

Boston’s Beloved Triple-Deckers Are Next-Level Affordable Housing

Thursday, May 18, 2023 10:29 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

"Long before contemporary urbanist catchphrases like “gentle density” and “missing middle” housing were invoked to promote modestly scaled multifamily construction, triple-deckers embodied the idea. The original threeplex. Packed tightly onto narrow lots, sometimes in semi-detached pairs known as “perfect sixes,” the boxy structures — close to workplaces or linked to public transit— offered an attainable alternative to more expensive single-family homes, all in service to a healthy local economy. This was state-of-the-art workforce housing, New England-style."

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